Hiking to Bennettville & The Great Sierra Mine
Bennettville (historical), United States
2 months ago
This is a hike that doesn’t take all day and can be a great stretch your legs stop as you drive over Tioga Road. There are two possible start points for the hike to Bennettville and the Great Sierra Mine. One is at a wide pullout across from Tioga Lake, just east of the Yosemite National Park entrance station at Tioga Pass. The other trailhead starts at the Junction Campground in the Inyo National Forest at the intersection of Hwy 120 and Saddlebag Lake Road. It just happens that is where I had camped so we had an easy journey to the trailhead that starts at the Camp Host’s campsite in the campground. If you are not camped, you can park in the parking area before the bridge, just before you enter the campground where a E. Clampus Vitus historical marker and old piece of mining equipment stand. The trail follows Mine Creek as you head up the trail toward Bennettville and you can see the old mine tailings up on the side of the hill. The old mining town of Bennettville housed those hardy miners and there used to be 14 buildings but they have been lost to time. The United States Forest Service restored two of the buildings, an assay office and a bunkhouse, back in 1993. The trail is fairly easy, except there are a few spots where you need to navigate up and down through short rocky sections. Hiking poles or a steady hiking buddy can make this part easier. From Bennettville, you can continue up the trail to check out the Great Sierra Mine.
Hiking to Bennettville & The Great Sierra Mine

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